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Heart to Heart

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  1,242 ratings  ·  157 reviews
From Lurlene McDaniel, the bestselling author of young adult inspirational fiction, comes Heart to Heart. This emotionally charged novel explores loss, love, renewal, and the ways in which these complex bonds within families and between friends are tested at life's most challenging moments.

Elowyn Eden and Kassey Messechek are best friends. They share every aspect of their
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lois Duncan
Of course, I love it! This young adult novel about a girl who received s heart transplant is dedicated "To Lois, and to Kaitlyn whose heart lives on."

One evening when my friend Lurlene and I were having dinner together,I told her about my daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, who was chased down in her car and shot in the head in Albuquerque, NM, in 1989 (case is still unsolved). Kait was an organ doner, and, as the recipient of her heart and lungs came out from under the anesthetic, he described to his m
Midnight Bloom
I've heard before that Lurlene McDaniel is like the the Nicholas Sparks of the YA world... and I wouldn't disagree. Heart to Heart is the first novel I've read of the author's many novels and prepare yourself, you'll need those tissues handy in no time at all.

Within the first 50 pages, I was already crying- not a few tears, but actually crying. The author pulls you in right from the very first page, and although you already know what's going to happen, as the back blurb explains, you can't help
Book Concierge
Arabeth doesn’t have a best friend, or really any friends. An Army brat whose father died in Afghanistan, she has always moved from place to place, and her diseased heart has isolated her from other children. At fourteen she should be looking forward to high school, but she is confined to her room, tethered to oxygen. Not far away in another Atlanta suburb, Kassey and Elowyn are best friends. Kassey vacations with Elowyn and her parents, they attend the same school, are both on the varsity volle ...more
Kenzie Ramsey
I liked this book. I could really connect to this book on how with your friends and cherishing something special. This book taught me that you must Charish everything you have and eveyone you love because god can take it away in a heart beat. I don't know what I would do if one of my friends died. It would be hard for me knowing she is not going to make me laugh,cry,and be there fir me when u need her. I can't even imagine whammy life would be like! I loved how this book could almost make me cry ...more
Yinglin Chen
Dealing with a death of her only friend, and having to meet the girl who had her heart, it is very hard for Kassey to continue on with her life. Elowyn, Kassey's best friend, is in a coma due to a car crash. However, Kassey is told by the doctors that Elowyn can no longer bes aved no matter how hardthey had tried. Kassey doesn't even want to go to school anymore because, life would be hard without her best friend. However, she realized that Elowyn chose to become an organ doner, and her heart wi ...more
Kay Mcgriff
This book review comes with a warning: Reading Lurlene McDaniel’s books can be addicting. I see it every year. One of my students–usually a girl–picks up one of McDaniel’s books and then goes on a reading binge, devouring novel after novel. In fact, one of my students gave me Heart to Heart to read this week, saying, “This is the best book. You have to read it.” So I did.

Heart to Heart explores the complicated relationships between four teens who are brought together by tragedy. Elowyn and Kasse
Brianne Durrant
Usually when a book is about the recovery of one’s death, the person is depressed almost throughout the entire book. Towards the end, they start to get better. However, with this book, it is not the case. Kassey had been Elowyn’s friend for quite some time. However, on one stormy day, Elowyn got into a horrible car accident that left her in a coma she was unable to get out of. Kassey did mourn, but after about two weeks, she was well enough to at least go to school and communicate without pushin ...more
Janette Martinez
Realistic fiction fans are not to be messed with. We know what we want; we want to be satisfied with a heart touching story that leaves us craving for more.

McDaniel brings us all the romance and tears we want in Heart To Heart. Beginning with the story of Elowyn and Kassey, two best friends that last till death do them apart. Young Elowyn Eden, beautiful and warm hearted, lives the last days of her life without knowing. Kassey Messechek, gorgeous and unbreakable, unaware that she is about to lo
Brittany Durrant
"Heart to Heart" is told from two points of view. Kasey is a normal healthy teenage girl. Although her parents are not together and she despises her dad, she still manages to keep happy. That is until her best and only friend, Eloywn, died in a car crash.
Arabeth, on the other hand, isn't as lucky as Kasey.When Arabeth was about 13, she lost her dad due to a war. She also has a very weak heart. She can't do a lot of the things normal teenagers do, like hanging out with friends, or even going to
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
I love all things Lurlene McDaniel, so it was no surprise that I enjoyed this story. It was not quite as much of a tear jerker as some of her stories have been, but it still presents teens facing difficult and life changing events. The concept of cell memory is really bizarre to me, and it makes for an awesome story line-- in fact, I just finished a similar book- Cold hands, warm heart.

I would recommend this to fans of McDaniels other works, My sister's keeper, or if you read about illness, deat
Alexis Woody
The book "heart to heart" tells the story of the tragic car accident that led to the death of teenage girl Elowyn, and how it especially affects her best friend Kassey, former boyfriend Wyatt, and a young girl named Arabeth. Elowyn had signed up to be an organ donor which was a surprise to everyone after her death including Arabeth, who had been on a wait list for a heart because her heart was failing and she needed a new one to survive. The story goes on to show how the family members and frien ...more
Amanda Dowell
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Imagine your best friend dying but comes back somebody else. In the book "Heart to Heart" by Lurlene McDaniel, this strange situation occurs. "Heart to Heart" is a realistic fiction story which will grab your eyes and you won't want to put it down.
Elowyn Eden and Kassey Messechek are best friends living their life young and free. Elowyn, a new 16 year old driver, gets a brand new car for her 16th birthday. And registers as a organ donor. While
Katie Koch
This book is a good book the main character is Kassey she loses her best friend and now is alone but there is a girl who comes in and they become friends. the problem is learing to live with out her best friend. She has to deal with her best friends boyfriend because she gone she died. i think this i a good read and i recommend it.
Amalia Clements
heart to heart is a sad yet suprising story of a 16 yer old girl named elowyn who just got her first car. sadly days after she gets into a fight with her boyfriend late at night which caused her anger to let loose and had a terrible car crash that led to brain damage. once her best friend kassey finds out she was horrified seeing her bestfriend with a giant lump in her head unconcious just sitting there. all while this is going on a young girl there age named arabeth sits at home awaiting for th ...more
Connie N.
This is a very quick YA read, but a fascinating look at the concept of cellular memory (a donor's mannerisms and characteristics showing up in the transplant recipient, particularly of a heart transplant). The book is well-written, I like the format. Each brief chapter is told from Kassey's and then Arabeth's point of view, so we get to know each of these characters very well. Oddly enough, Elowyn and Terri and Matt Eden are very important characters in the book, but we get to know them as secon ...more
Heart to Heart is a touching story about a tragedy that made a miracle. The main character Kassey loses her best friend Elown in a car accident. Elowns died of a brain injury allowing her organs to be donated to help others. Her heart was donated to a girl named Arabeth. The story goes on to discuss how Arabeth and Kassey become friends because of Elowns heart. I found it an interesting book to read because the author went back and forth between Kasseys perspective and Arabeths perspective, and ...more
Maddi E.
This book is to touching that it just amazes me how an author can manage to do that! Deffenitly LOVE LURLENE MCDANIEL!!!
i thought it was a great book and once you started it it was hard to put down
Laura W
I'm actually giving this one a 3.5 for one reason in particular - it didn't really have... substance. Yes, it was so touching and made me cry and was a beautiful story about love and loss and redemption and healing but it just didn't have any luster. I have to say, I love reading Lurlene McDaniel's writing but I don't know, this one just didn't click right with me. By all means read it! It's a good book and will get you thinking about the important things in your life. I just didn't find it that ...more
May 22, 2014 Breann added it
Heart to Heart by Lurlene McDaniel is the story of two girls becoming friends over a heart transplant. Kassey’s best friend Elowyn gets in a car accident on a stormy night and is sent to the hospital. Kassey meets Elowyn’s family at the hospital but she is already pronounced dead. The police investigate the accident and discover that Elowyn checked the donor box on her driver’s license. Elowyn’s heart is harvested and sent to another hospital for someone else to use. That someone is named Arabet ...more
Gabby Coulthard
Heart to Heart is a hard-to-put-down kind of book. It draws you in and it was hard to put down. The book was about a girl named Elowyn who started to face hard time, but then moved on. Since she checked the donor box on her license, her heart was given to another girl named Arabeth. Arabeth starts to act in ways just like Elowyn did. The book was very interesting. The book drew me in more,; it hard for me to put a book down. I would recommend the book anyone who is in middle school or high schoo ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Caroline rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like true-to-life drama
Shelves: made-me-misty
I read this in a day. I would have liked for there to have been more to the story, but I still liked it.

This story is told from two points of view - Kassey's and Arabeth's. Kassey is devastated when her best friend, Elowyn, dies at 16 in a car accident. Since Elowyn has checked "organ donor" on her driver's license, Arabeth, a 14 year old in need of a heart transplant, gets Elowyn's heart. There is mention of cellular memory, and Arabeth starts to display some of Elowyn's characteristics. Weird,
- Main Conflict
This book is mainly about how the donation make people's life better. Some people have waited for their entire life to get these organs and it changes their life forever.

- The story was like this. Elowyn Eden and Kassey Messechek are best friends. They share every aspect of their lives. But one thing Elowyn has not yet shared with Kassey is that she checked the organ donor box on her newly acquired driver’s license. Kassey only learns of this in a startling and devastating way—w
I think now that I've read just about enough of Lurlene's books for a few months at least although they do come in handy since for me I usually finish one of her books in under 2 hours and with the end of the year looming I'm trying to read a few more books before it's officially over.

I liked this newer book of hers though I didn't particularly like the characters other than that of Arabeth. After Kasey's best friend Elowyn gets in a car accident her family follows through with her wishes of don
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Sarah Anne
Kassey and Elowyn have been best friends since grade 7, when they met in the hospital, Kassey for her broken arm and Elowyn for her broken leg. Now they are sophomores and are looking forward to have another great year. But when Elowyn is in a car accident and doesn't make it out alive, everyone is Elowyn's centre circle's life is forever changed. Elowyn's parents ad Kassey soon find out that Elowyn checked off the organ donation box on her license and the organs are now being given to other peo ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Lurlene McDaniel's newest novel explores the idea of cellular memory as experienced by some transplant patients.

Kassey and Elowyn are best friends. They have grown up together playing on the same teams, having sleepovers, and even vacationing together. They can finish each others' thoughts and sentences. They are almost inseparable - until the night Elowyn runs off the road and hits a tree.

A traumatic brain injury puts Elowyn in a c
Let me just say before I start that this book deserves SO MUCH more praise than it has. It was the perfect blend of nostalgia and sadness, to make a very realistic setting. There’s no way I can put this into a summary without spoiling a large portion of it for you guys, but it’s by far the most heart-wrenching book I've ever read. It had me crying more than when I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Not quite laughing as much, do to the fact that it has very dry humor written in. But the ...more
This book is so heart touching and amazing. this realistic fiction book won't let you put it down. I thought this book was amazing it was so realistic , it made me feel like I was in the book myself.

This book is about this teenager named Kassey and she becomes bestfriends with Elowyn. The conflict was Person vs. Self, because Kassey has to get over the fact that her best friend died. Kassey is this kind of spoiled girl, her parents are very wealthy. But Elowyn doesn't have her fa
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When Kassey's bestfriend dies from a coma after a deadly car crash, Kassey feels as if it was her fault. This book is realistic fiction. I think this book is a real good book because it has alot of emotion.

This book takes place in multiple places. (No specific names where.) Kassey wanted Elowyn to stop dating Wyatt but Elowyn died from a coma after her car struck a tree, so Elowyns mom decides to donate her heart to a girl named Arabeth, then Kassey makes plans to meet the girl
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Lurlene McDaniel (born c. 1948) is an author who has written over 50 young adult books. She is well known for writing about characters struggling with chronic and terminal illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and organ failure.

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